Asbury Park Press Article
Don't want to go out?
Jonnie G's brings party to you
OCEAN TOWNSHIP – Jon and Rose Grossman want event organizers and party hosts to feel more like guests.
The township couple, more specifically, want the architects of social gatherings to forget about providing entertainment, food, nonalcoholic drinks, paper products, trash removal and everything else that may normally distract them from a hassle-free time.
Instead, the Grossmans will take care of all of the above and more through the small business that they started in 2003 — Jonnie G's Food and Movies on the Go. From fairs to sporting events, the couple brings the party to all types of social functions from the inside of a 20-by-8-foot trailer, which resembles a mobile restaurant kitchen with a grill, freezers, fryers and a refrigerator, among other mass-cooking essentials.
"Jonnie G's is the ultimate party wherever you would like to have a party," said Jon Grossman, a full-time science teacher, and golf and wrestling coach at Central Regional Middle School in the Bayville section of Berkeley. "I really love the restaurant business, I really love serving people, I love dealing with people as a teacher (and) as a coach. I'm very open to having a lot of good communication (and) meeting people. I love cooking. I just basically enjoy providing good times for people."Read More
Summers at the beach
During the summer, Grossman — a former cook at The Columns in Avon and The Parker House Restaurant in Sea Girt — usually parks his trailer from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends at the northern end of Asbury Park's beachfront. When there, he sells individual items from his menu, which offers roughly 25 breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert foods that range from $1 for a frozen all-natural fruit bar to $8 for a Maryland lump crab cake sandwich.
During the week and on weekend nights, Grossman avails himself for private parties mostly within 20 miles of his home. He offers several packages, which range from $15 per person to $40 per person including tax for 2½ hours of unlimited food. The least expensive package includes burgers, chicken nuggets, chicken sandwiches, french fries and hot dogs. The most expensive package — a clam bake — includes clams, crab cake sandwiches, lobsters and shrimp among other foods.
"It's different; it's not like you went to a catering place and they just put a tray out," said Rose Grossman, who sometimes helps her husband inside the trailer during private parties, but mostly uses her experience as a paralegal at a local law firm to handle the technical aspects of the business. "We have a family. We get it."
The Grossmans — longtime sweethearts who met during their time attending Ocean Township High School before they achieved their master's degrees at Monmouth University in West Long Branch — also offer movies on a 16-foot inflatable projection screen using a DVD/Blu-ray player and surround sound system for $299. The movie package does not require the purchase of a separate food package.
"It's a business (where) you can make a couple dollars," Jon Grossman said. "Obviously, I'm not going to become a millionaire off this, but I enjoy doing it."